Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2010

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Health Sciences


College of Science

First Advisor

Scherer Royce


Today, collegiate baseball players are doing everything that they can in order to excel and perform at their highest level. They are training their bodies through various strength and conditioning programs so that they can be in peak condition when game time arrives. In order to help these athletes, researchers are continually trying to find the next best routine or technique to enhance performance and to reduce injury for all athletes. The studies performed by these researchers have led to the development of many new and effective routine methods. Despite the fact that these new techniques' and routines' efficiency are being confirmed, not all of them are becoming incorporated into current collegiate baseball programs. Formative research at Coastal Carolina University shows that these routines are being read and then, for the most part, tossed aside (B. Gabriel, personal communication, December 10, 2009). But why are they being overlooked? This study plans to find out the reasons behind the adoption or rejection of these routines, through the Diffusion of Innovations theory, in order to help collegiate athletes advance their careers.